It has been a place to keep in touch with knitters who have become friends over the years through events like Skipnorth which I was lucky enough to attend again this year and will tell you about very soon but today I wanted to talk about how sometimes my knitting reminds me of the reason I started the blog in the first place.
I have always been a little intimidated by lace knitting. Not the lace itself but the process of knitting with ultra fine yarn but I have been determined this year to persevere. The Bitterroot pattern in Knitty seemed the ideal project to kick start my lace knitting as it is in fact a reasonably simple, very intuitive pattern.....and it has beads....
The yarn I chose is (I understand) the classic workhorse of the lace knitter, Jaggerspun Zephyr, a merino silk 2ply lace weight in a gorgeous deep purple called Plum. The beads are 4mm seed beads in an iridescent purple.
I found the knitting pretty straightforward and the bead placement not as difficult as I feared although I expect I am dreadfully slow and cackhanded bit I got there in the end.
It was very difficult to see how things would turn out while the shawl was on the needles but once I had blocked it the garment was totally transformed.
I have to say that I think it is one of the most beautiful thinks I have knitted. The beads just around the edge give it a wonderful weight and drape.
The simplicity of the pattern comes into its own as the changes flow beautifully one into the other.
Can you tell I enjoyed this project? I am itching to cast on more lace but I have a whole lot of projects very close to completion that I will be showing you over the next few days.
Do you think I can hold out?